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Social Determinants of Health Measurement Workgroup


The Oregon Health Authority, with expert consultation from Nancy Goff & Associates and Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network, convened the SDOH Measurement Workgroup: Screening for Social Needs in 2020. The purpose of this workgroup is to recommend a measure related to the social determinants of health for consideration by Oregon’s Metrics and Scoring Committee and the Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee. Specifically, the SDOH Measurement Workgroup is charged with recommending a measure that would incentivize screening for individual health-related social needs.
The Metrics and Scoring Committee has approved the development of this measure through this public workgroup.

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Upcoming Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workgroup was delayed until October 2020. The Workgroup will have four meetings between October and December 2020. See meeting details and materials to the right.
From May to September, a team of OHA and DHS staff, consultants, and national advisors from the National Center for Quality Assurance met to ensure the Workgroup could have the maximum impact over its condensed timeline by:
  • finalizing an environmental scan of existing social needs screening efforts in Oregon and nationally (including information about screening for social needs as a part of ongoing COVID-19 screenings);
  • conducting background research on best practices in social needs screening measures alongside national experts; and
  • developing three to five high-level measure concept options for the Workgroup to review.

Public Feedback

The Social Determinants of Health Measurement Workgroup accepts and welcomes public comments related to discussion topics. Time is dedicated on each meeting agenda to hear and discuss testimony. Agendas are posted on the Workgroup webpage prior to each meeting.
Verbal comments: Any member of the public or group may provide verbal comments at each meeting. To provide verbal public comment send a ZOOM chat message to meeting host Marcus Hart or text (503) 510-4698 and request public comment. We will unmute your line when it is your turn to speak. Please do not submit written public comment through the ZOOM chat.
Written comments prior to a meeting: Public comments may also be submitted by e-mail to Comments should be limited to 1,000 words and be submitted no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting in order to ensure distribution to Workgroup members. Materials submitted by e-mail will be posted publicly on the Workgroup's webpage. Workgroup members will review and discuss written comments during the allotted time for public testimony during each meeting.
Combined verbal and written content: Individuals may submit written comment and sign up to speak in support of your written comment during the meeting (see instructions above for providing verbal comment). Any materials provided to Workgroup members become public documents and will be posted on the Workgroup webpage.

Next Meeting

Past Meetings

Meeting Dates

10/7, 9:30 - 12:30 pm
11/2, 9:30 am - 1 pm
11/19, 9:30 am - 11 am
12/8, 11 am - 2 pm

Contact Information

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